Until the mid-19th century, the standard chest had either four long, or three long and two short drawers. Rarely were there any exceptions to this rule. A chest with three drawers, or a series of small upper drawers, purporting to be Georgian, will probably have been converted from a chest-on-chest or tallboy. It is true that the 18th century commode often contain two long deep drawers, but this was a much grander and more decorative piece altogether, intended for drawing rooms, not bedrooms, and in any case was usually made to stand on legs. The standard chest of drawers continued to be made throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries (some Edwardian pine chests even had bracket feet), but variations were introduced during the mid-Victorian period, with some chests having seven or more drawers usually a deep hat drawer and smaller glove compartments. Chests with barley-sugar twist or split bobbin-turned supports date from the mid-19th century.
A George III flame mahogany flat front chest of five drawers, two short over three full width graduated drawers, circular brass ring and plate back handles, shaped bracket feet. 101 cm x 54 cm x 108.5 cm
A George III oak small proportion chest of five drawers, the flat front drawers all with Victorian 'gothic' inspired handles and keyhole escutcheons. Raised on short bracket feet. 88 cm x 48 cm x 79 cm
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